Why You Shouldn't Blog Solely For Money

Friday, January 13, 2012 Stef dela Cruz 4 Comments

I said it before, and I’ll say it again: don’t blog for money. There, how much clearer can I get? But before you share your violent reactions (I’m sure there are those who can’t wait to say, “Of course we can and will blog for money!!!”), let me tell you one thing: blogging may bring you money, sometimes a little, sometimes a lot – but if that is your TOP reason for blogging, then you’re doing it for all the wrong reasons.

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It’s like becoming a doctor just to earn a lot of money, or going into politics for the money, or becoming a lawyer to get rich – you get my drift. Doing something for money is not entirely wrong; it’s just a misguided decision.

Lucky (and quite few, I might say) are those who actually earn more than a PhP100,000 a month from blogging alone. A lot of us – myself included – earn money from different arenas. For instance, I’m a writer for several magazines, a content provider and paid contributor for several websites, and also a physician (which I’m not doing for the money, mind you! Hahaha!).

I have friends who love to blog even if they earn less than a hundred dollars a month from it. And there are bloggers from all walks of life: some are doctors just like me, some are PR people, some are IT experts, some are engineers… and so on.

My friend, who happens to be an engineer, likes dabbling with gadgets and code (CSS, HTML, LOL – joke). But she doesn’t rely on blogging alone. She’s a fresh grad, so she’s now browsing through engineering jobs to help sustain her.

But if you want to make a career out of blogging, go ahead. I won’t stop you. Just ask yourself this: would you still be doing it if you earned almost nothing from it? Now, let your answer guide your future decisions about blogging. Of course, if you ask me, I will tell you: don’t blog for money. May the force be with you. Winking smile

Stef dela CruzAbout the blogger
Stef dela Cruz is a doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She maintains a health column in Health.Care Magazine and contributes to The Manila Bulletin. Add her to your circles.

4 comments:

  1. Very well said Stef! This is one of the steps that I am giving to my friends who want to blog because earning money from blogging is not that easy ~ It takes a lot of effort and skills in order to build a profitable blog or website and this might discourage them. I hope newbies can read this.

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  2. Earning money from blogging is just a plus for me. I have a full time work and blogging is a way for me to show my love and passion for makeup and being maarte. LOL. Tama na it shouldn't be the primary reason na magblog. Money will come at the right time and masusurprise ka na lang :)

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  3. Yep, the money will just come! When you love what you do, you will always want to excel in it. And with that effort comes improvement, and with improvement comes money. It's okay to want to earn from blogging, but making money as one's primary reason to blog just might backfire. :)

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  4. sabi nga ni deej..very well said..
    I am happy na i earn from my blog..pero its not the reason why I blog. the first time i blog kasi parang diary/rants ko lang sya.. later ko na sya nalaman na meron palang pera dito..sabi nga uli ni deej kong pera pera lang ang habol mo sa blog...madi-disappoint ka lang later kong hindi naman ganun ka laki kinikita mo.

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